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Bringing climate change to court

Following up on our report about Palau’s effort to hold the industrialized world legally accountable for the alleged damages caused by greenhouse gas emissions, host Maria Hinojosa talks with environmental lawyer Matthew Pawa.

Pawa has become a pioneer in bringing lawsuits based on damage allegedly caused by greenhouse gas emissions. Pawa is currently helping a small tribe of Alaskan natives sue Exxon-Mobile and other energy companies because they argue their small coastal lands are being irreparably damaged by sea-level rise, which most scientists believe is exacerbated by greenhouse gas emissions.

Pawa was also part of a suit brought by five state attorney generals in 2004, which tried to force several large electric companies to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. That case went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.